BMW, Porsche come out first with Apple Watch apps

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BMW and Porsche were among the first to come with Apple Watch applications for their cars, but other brands are expected to¬†follow shortly. Last week already, BMW’s DriveNow car sharing brand announced a function that lets drivers open and close DriveNow vehicles with their Apple Watch. This week, BMW unveiled an Apple Watch version of […]

Nokia: no plans for new phones

Nokia's Lumia phones are  being rebranded Microsoft (Photo: Microsoft)

Nokia, commenting on media speculation, said it doesn’t have any plans to get back into the smartphone market. “These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive,” the Finland-based network equipment and mapping software maker said in a press release. “Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or […]

IFA – Berlin

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The annual IFA consumer electronics and home appliance trade show will take place in Berlin Sept 4 through 9. The show, which attracts trade visitors from more than 100 countries, provides an overview of new products and trends in all segments of the consumer electronics industry. Several automakers have in recent years shown new infotainment […]

Analysis: VW struggle reflects wider auto-industry dilemmas

Piech (l), Winterkorn and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in more harmonious times (Photo: VW)

The resignation of Ferdinand Piech late Saturday as chairman of the Volkswagen Group’s supervisory board doesn’t just mark the end¬†of a tumultuous and expansionist¬†chapter in the history of Europe’s largest carmaker. It also highlights some of the mega-issues VW and the entire auto industry face as they prepare for a radically different era of personal […]

Piech resigns as VW Supervisory Board chairman

Ferdinand Piech (Photo: VW)

Ferdinand Piech resigned Saturday¬†as head of the Volkswagen Group supervisory board, seemingly bringing to an end a two-week battle over who’s in control¬†at Europe’s largest automotive group. “The members of the Executive Committee have unanimously determined that in view of the background of the last weeks the mutual trust necessary ‚Äéfor successful cooperation no longer […]

Survey: Cloud security moves up the priority list

Policy violations often lead to security breaches (Photo: Netskope)

Security concerns are growing over cloud-based applications used by industrial companies and other businesses, according to a new Netskope survey. The cloud security specialist said that, following recent security breaches at major corporations such as Sony and JP Morgan, a growing number of CEOs and other top executives have inquired with their IT teams about […]

Ghosn reaffirms Renault-Nissan roadmap for autonomous driving

Nissan (Photo: Nissan)

Carlos Ghosn reaffirmed his commitment to have “a complete package of autonomous drive technologies” on Renault and Nissan vehicles by 2020, but repeated his expectation that driverless cars are at least a decade away. The Renault-Nissan CEO said, in a piece written for LinkedIn, that his two car brands will in 2018 introduce technology that […]

Sharp growth seen for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

The survey shows that car radio continues to be one of the most popular infotainment features (Photo:GM)

Apple and Google are set¬†to take a sharply bigger chunk of the automotive connectivity market in the next five years,¬†according to a study by market researchers IHS Automotive. The report projects that Android Auto, Google’s technology to connect smartphones to in-car infotainment, will be in 31 million new cars by 2020, up from an expected […]

VW board committee confirms Winterkorn as CEO

Martin Winterkorn (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is “the best possible chairman of the board of management,” the Executive Committee of the carmaker’s Supervisory Board said in a statement Friday. The announcement comes after Supervisory Board Chairman Ferdinand Piech last week expressed reservations about Winterkorn’s leadership. Piech is head of the Porsche-Piech family, which owns more than half […]

German companies under (cyber) attack


More than half of all German industrial companies have been the object of industrial espionage, sabotage or data theft in the past two years, according to a study by the country’s high-tech association, Bitkom. The study, which polled senior managers at 1,074 companies, found that car companies are most frequently targeted, followed by the chemical […]